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About the Course

Learn how to think the way mathematicians do – a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of years. Mathematical thinking is not the same as doing mathematics – at least not as mathematics is typically presented in our school system. School math typically focuses on learning procedures to solve highly stereotyped problems. Professional mathematicians think a certain way to solve real problems, problems that can arise from the everyday world, or from science, or from within mathematics itself. The key to success in school math is to learn to think inside-the-box. In contrast, a key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside-the-box – a valuable ability in today’s world. This course helps to develop that crucial way of thinking....

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Mar 4, 2018

An awesome course. Very easy to follow at the start, becomes more challenging at the end. I have a PhD in economics yet I struggled with the real analysis at the end. And that's just intro level! :-D


Jun 29, 2020

It has help evaluate what I put into decision in any applicable context. Since I've noted what decision I make and how outcome can be made to vary when I consider all components in a isolated manner.

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By Ankur K

Apr 9, 2017

A highly motivated introduction to how mathematicians think, analyse and write!

By Akarsh A

Nov 22, 2020

It changing my thinking towards understanding mathematics from another aspect.

By Zhiyin Y

Jul 1, 2020

Very useful, especially for students who have just graduated from high school.

By Marcelo L S

Jan 28, 2019

It is a very didactic course,. I wish I had concluded it earlier in my career.

By Ganesan S

Feb 9, 2021

Excellent foundation for real analysis and understanding rigorous math proofs

By matheus A

Sep 12, 2017

muito bom,esse professor explica muito bem e os assuntos são bem estruturados

By Bob S

May 11, 2017

This is a great course, especially the first four weeks. Highly recommended.


Nov 14, 2019

the informational and best course to strengthen ur core skill in mathematics

By Gary W

Jun 7, 2018

Really excellent for all college level students and teachers of mathematics.


Dec 20, 2017

It was great time to learn the mathematical thinking with team. Appreciated.

By Jaehwan J

Jul 26, 2017

Great. Learned a new view of Mathematics. Recommend this course, definitely!

By Mike D

Apr 27, 2020

Very comprehensive course, helped me understand the truth of math thinking

By Matthias T

Sep 28, 2017

Looks simple initially, but makes you think very hard. Very useful course!

By Katherine J

May 19, 2017

Indeed a vulnerable experience on exercising mathematical or logical sense

By Andrew D

Mar 15, 2017

A classic amongst MOOCs! I recommend buying the suggested book by Devlin.

By Rajaram G

Jun 25, 2017

Fantastic course. I feel better equipped to deal with discrete math now!

By Muhammad Z

Jul 20, 2020

Every one who has science back ground should take the course and learn.

By Gleb O

Jun 11, 2017

Very good course! I wish I took one while I was still an undergraduate!

By Ali A

Oct 31, 2020

This course changed the way I see life, I have a whole new insight now

By Punit K

Mar 4, 2018

Great way to start thinking mathematically for the common simple stuff

By José M d M J

Mar 16, 2017

VERY very good! it gave such a wonderful ability to deploy in science

By Bivash M

Jun 11, 2020

Very useful. Mathematics is my favorite subject. I love Mathematics.

By Robert K

Jun 10, 2017

Really good course. Instructor presented the material very clearly.

By Gaojie F

Apr 4, 2019

Wish I could have taken it before all my college level math classes


Mar 15, 2018

Excellent course ... really changed the way we approach to problems